The assistant police chief of a tiny Alabama town has apologized for a Facebook post in which he suggested U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could be targeted with a roadside bomb.
Jeff Buckles, the assistant chief of the Geraldine police department, took to Facebook after Pelosi, the Democratic House leader, ripped apart a copy of President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday night.
“Pelosi just ripped up his speach (sic),” Buckles wrote in the public post, which since appears to have been deleted or removed from public view. “Road Side bomb on her way home and any other Dumbocrats.”
He later apologized in a follow-up post for “venting on FB,” saying his remarks “definitely offended” some people.
“It just rips my heart out that our great country is so divided,” his apology continued.
AL.com’s efforts to reach Buckles for comment weren’t successful.
Geraldine, a tiny town in southern DeKalb County, is about 50 miles southeast of Huntsville. The police force has three full-time and two part-time officers, according to the town website.
Geraldine Mayor Chuck Ables on Thursday evening said he and police Chief Heath Albright are still gathering information and will meet with the town’s attorney on Friday to decide what to do in response to Buckles’ post. The mayor declined to share his reaction to the assistant chief’s Facebook post.
Buckles wasn’t at work on Thursday and will also be off Friday, Ables said. The assistant chief has not been suspended, the mayor said, rather both off days were already scheduled before Buckles made the Facebook post.
The theatrics at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address began with Trump appearing to turn away from a handshake Pelosi extended after he offered her a copy of his speech.
After the President delivered his remarks, Pelosi, who stood on camera next to an applauding Vice President Mike Pence, ripped up pages from a copy of the speech.
On the eve of the Senate’s final impeachment vote, the President delivered his speech from the House rostrum — the same place where Pelosi had previously presided over the House vote to bring impeachment charges.
The president was acquitted of the charges — abuse of power and obstruction of congress—on Wednesday, the day after his State of the Union address.